Just Say the Word
Malvern Minute


September 18, 2017 – Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (7:1-10)

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.

They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.

For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.


Reflect: I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; but say the word and let my servant be healed. If this phrase sounds very familiar, it is because we pray nearly the same words during Mass right before communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” As we approach the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, it is a uniquely powerful moment when God reaches through time and space so that we can encounter him. On the one hand the awesome gift of Jesus present in the Eucharist – body, blood, soul and divinity – is the most precious and valuable gift that we could ever receive.  On the other hand, we do not deserve to be in his presence – we, as the centurion, are not worthy that Jesus should come to visit us; but he does! As we draw near to receive Jesus, we pray for the grace to have a humble and contrite heart that is prepared to receive him although we are not worthy to be in his presence.  The mercy of the Lord endures forever.  He finds a way, despite our sins and unworthiness, to bring us Love Incarnate so that our heart might be transformed more and more in his image and likeness so that our unworthiness might be showered with dignity; and that we might become what it is that we receive so that the world might know and experience the depth of God’s love and mercy. Just say the word, Jesus, and make us whole! Just say the word, Jesus, and the world will be healed!

Questions: Do I approach the Lord Jesus truly present in the Eucharist with a humble and contrite heart? Am I aware of the power of my word when I confess that Jesus can and will heal my soul? Do I honor the Lord’s true presence in the Eucharist by carrying his presence to all I encounter?

Pray: Loving God, as you bring me your mercy and love grant that I may serve you and make you know with all of my heart.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world.



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